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Posted by Freda H. Babinski on October 21, 2000 at 00:25:36:

In Reply to: Re: Does anyone have a list of all the symptoms which people have with GWS posted by alan on October 20, 2000 at 20:24:30:

: Hi Freda,

: Thanks for your reply Freda, you have been very helpful! If I put myself on the registry, do they track me in some way? Not sure if I'd want that. Thanks for taking the time to respond so in depth.

: The DOD still doesn't recognize GWS?

: thx,Alan:

: : I think I have it. I know that it affects different people in different ways, but what are the symptoms? I've heard some of them. What testing can they do to confirm that it is GWS? What concrete stuff is there that I can do to ward off doubters...?

: : : Thank you,

: : : Alan

: : Hi Alan,
: : Yes I have a list and they are, beginning with the most severe: Aching Joints, Chronic Fatique, Memory Loss, Severe Anger, Sleep Difficulties, Severe Headaches, Skin Rashes, Concentration Loss, Depression, Muscle Spasms, Nervousness, Diarrhea, Blurred Vision, Anxiety, Breathing Problems, Chest Pain, Dizziness, Nausea, Stomach Pain, Other Vision Problems, Light Sensitivity, Loss of Balance, Hives, Sex Problems, Frequent Urination, Hair Loss, Chemical Sensitivities, Frequent Coughing, Bleeding Gums, Eye Redness, Eye Pain, Excess Tearing.

: : In the last few years there have been other reports of re-occurring symptoms also such as: Nose Bleeds, Bumps under the skin, Multiple Kidney Stones, Kidney Infections, Wounds that won't heal and feeling like you have a cold all the time. That's about all I can think of with the paperwork I have which has this list.

: : Not everyone has ALL the same symptoms. It varies with each individual. As far as testing to prove you have GWS? That's where the Veterans are up against a wall right now because DOD says all symptoms CAN be explained. That's why it's so hard to get a claim approved but if you were there (in the Gulf or are a spouse) then you should go to your nearest VA Hosp. and have a GWS exam and GET YOURSELF ON THE NATIONAL REGISTRY. That's very important right now. I can email you some sites and tell you what I know that will help you to understand what you might be dealing with if you want. Just email me at [email protected] and I will help you any way I can. I hope I've helped in some way. God Bless!
: : Freda

Hi Alan,
I'm not sure I really understand about you being worried on the tracking thing. If you are still on active duty, they cannot stop you from filing a claim or getting your name on the Registry. When or if you go and have the Gulf War Exam, you are automatically added to the Registry. The reason it's so important is that IF the Government decides to compensate the sick Veterans then (from what I understand) only the ones listed on the Restistry will receive compensation. As far as DOD recognizing that there is such a thing as GWS, they're not admitting a whole lot of anything yet, just bits and pieces. In fact, in my opinion it should be called "Gulf War Illness" if anything because that's what it is. A syndrome is a group of symptoms that together characterize a disease or disorder but since every person is different and not experiencing ALL the same symptoms, I think "Syndrome" is the wrong word. DOD is under allot of pressure now from so many demanding answers (and rightfully so) that they are expanding the research which tells us that they really do know that something is definitely wrong with the Gulf War Veterans. So you hang in there and if you're sick you really do need to be on that Registry. Get the exam and I'll be praying for you. God Bless!

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